2019 BMW X5 Ready to Switch to CLAR Platform

The ongoing BMW X5 has been released back in 2013 so you would expect it to carry on for a few more years. However, this is not the case. Why? Well, the car actually shares its underpinnings with the second generation which has been released back in 2007. Since then the running gear, engines and chassis remained pretty much the same. This is going to change though for the upcoming 2019 BMW X5 which is going to have nothing in common with the current car. For starters, the new X5 will use a new platform, it will more than likely get a set of new engines and it will also be slightly differently packaged. The end result should be a more refined and better to drive SUV that will continue to drive as good as a sports car.

2019 BMW X5 – More details

Even though so far BMW has not given the release date to the public, we are quite sure the car will be released at the start of 2018 as 2019 MY. The price should remain mostly the same as before with the base model starting around $55,000 which is still considerably better than some of its rivals. While the price will remain the same though, expect the new X5 to get smaller and more efficient engines than before.

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The chassis of new X5

The largest change for the 2019 BMW X5 is going to be the platform it will be using. BMW is doing this move in order to streamline their production process and offer a better overall car. The new CLAR, or Cluster Architecture, chassis will be using large amounts of aluminum with some magnesium and likely carbon fiber as well. With it, the X5 should drop at least a couple hundred pounds while becoming a lot more rigid. This will improve the NVH levels and it should allow BMW to install a softer suspension system to make the car more comfortable without losing the driving characteristics.

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Unfortunately up to this point they haven’t released any information on it. From the spy shots seen a while ago the new X5 seems to be pretty much the same size as before. However, while the wheelbase seems close enough, the track width seems to be larger on the new model. This might have been done in order to free some more space inside the cabin and give it a more planted feel on the road.

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The design – inside and out

Even though the official pictures of the 2019 BMW X5 are still well under wraps, not that long ago a prototype was seen wearing light camouflage. This has a very similar front end to the 7 Series with large grille-nostrils, rather slim headlights and a bumper which is nearly identical to the large sedan. From the profile it looks very similar to the current model but this is to be expected with BMW which usually prefers a more conservative design.

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The rear also seems to be considerably sportier than before with the new rectangular exhausts, slimmer headlights and likely a roof spoiler found across the range. The interior is currently the largest unknown factor about this future model. Some suggested that it would get an all new dashboard but this may not be true. Instead, BMW may turn to their other models like the 5 or 7 Series in order to take design cues. Even if this will be the case, the X5 will more than likely offer a minimalist design, great materials and a top end equipment level.

The engines on new 2019 BMW X5

The current car featured a range of 4, 6 and 8 cylinder engines and this will not change for the new model either. However, it seems that BMW may add at least two new versions to the car. There might be a lesser 2 liter turbocharged petrol engine added to the mix which could provide as much as 250 horsepower and more than 250 lb-ft of torque. Like the base diesel, this is also expected to come as standard with rear wheel drive. A new 3 liter turbocharged inline 6 petrol engine might also be added to the range as a lesser alternative to the xDrive50i. These two new engines will likely be the only petrol engines available in some markets. The 2 and 3 liter diesel engines will likely be carried over mostly unchanged. The gearbox will likely be replaced by a revised 8 speed ZF automatic across the range.

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